Elections Officials: There Are Many Ways To Get Photo ID

Texas Secretary of State John Steen
Local and state elections officials are in Houston spreading the word about new photo ID requirements in the upcoming election. Voters have a number of options when it comes to getting a valid photo ID that will allow them to cast their ballots in November.

Elections officials say six forms of photo ID will work at the polls; a valid driver's license, a personal identification card, a concealed handgun license, a U.S. passport, military ID or citizenship certificate. For voters who don't have any of those, they can get a free election identification certificate at any DPS driver's license office.

Texas Secretary of State John Steen was at Holman Street Baptist Church near the University of Houston to spread the word. 

"If you show up and you don't have the proper ID, you can still vote provisionally and then you have six days to go down to your county election officials and what they call "cure it".  So nobody is going to walk up to the polling place and be turned away for lack of a photo ID."

Voters who are disabled or are 65 years old or older can vote by mail, a process that doesn't require a photo ID.  Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart says now is the time to get your photo ID if you don't have one.  

"Go get your ID, whether it be the election ID or a personal ID, because you need it. You've got to have it to vote.  That's where we're at. We're here to serve you and help make people get those ID's so they can ultimately preserve the right to vote."
 
Mobile DPS vans will be on the road starting next Tuesday throughout the state to issue election identification certificates. You can check the DPS website for a schedule of when the mobile stations will be in the Houston area. 

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News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...